Yes, Stampin’ Up! is no longer going to carry and support MDS. This is their latest update:
To accommodate the Retired List promotion timeline, we have extended the availability date for MyDigitalStudio.net, the digital download manager, and our MDS YouTube, Facebook, and Pinterest pages through midnight (MT), June 9, 2015. Demonstrators and customers may call Demonstrator Support for assistance with MDS until Demonstrator Support closes at 7:00 PM (MT) on Tuesday, June 9. If you need assistance with backing up your digital downloads, we recommend that you visit MyDigitalStudio.net/backup.
The Let’s Get Away Digital Project Life Card Collection by Stampin’ Up! from the occasions catalog posted on the ProjectLife.com website yesterday and is currently available for 20 percent off. For the foreseeable future, all Digital Project Life card collections will be made available through the ProjectLife.com store.
While Stampin’ Up! will not sell MDS or any of its associated products after June 2, 2015 or offer support for these products after June 9, 2015, we are working on a solution for you to continue to be able to use your digital downloads and order print products. Stay tuned for updates.
This is a very sad thing for many who have loved MDS and digital design. However this is not the end! As long as your computer does not crash, you can still use MDS for digital crafting. You just can’t purchase new downloads or order digital prints from Stampin’ Up! You can order prints from other places like Snapfish, Office Depot to name a couple. Of course, you can still print your project out on your own printer. What will be missing is tech support if you have problems with the program or your computer crashes and you need to reinstall the program.
Here are some options to provide for these scenarios:
- Back up your files to an external drive. Click here for discussion in mydigitalstudio.net on how to do this. The link will be valid only through midnight on June 9th when everything connected with MDS comes down at Stampin’ Up!
- Download all your purchases also in the ‘other applications format’ so you can use them with any image application that uses layers and either .jpg or .png formats. Save these downloads on an external drive or disc.
- MDS was created by StoryRock. StoryRock has another program, My Memories Suite, that is compatible with all the MDS files. StoryRock will even let you have MMS version 5 for free and help you transfer all your MDS files over to MMS. Go here for more information. You can still keep MDS and copy, not transfer, your files to MMS. Then you will be able to use both programs with MMS being a back up for MDS. There are a couple of differences like MMS does not have the capabilities of you printing cards at home and their commercial print options are a little different than MDS ones.
Remember that all the digital downloads including MDS are discounted 30% through June 2! Check them out here and round out your library while you can.